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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 27, 2013 4:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Sort of) Non-dead Coup Upholders

Monte_occupy-fort-collins_reporting.jpgObama's secret new trade pact for America, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership), is NAFTA on steroids. You can kiss goodbye forever the notion of buying "goods that are locally made" and/or "foods that are locally grown".

The coup is actually the elimination of journalism and news in the USA.

• USA's pre-crime Fusion Units have been spying on and arresting peaceful American protesters for years. This is the status quo in the USA right now. The NSA is spying on all Americans. The NSA's "fusion units" are illegally giving their data-mined nuggets to your local law enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice has begun reviewing a controversial unit inside the Drug Enforcement Administration that uses secret domestic surveillance tactics — including intelligence gathered by the National Security Agency — to target Americans for drug offenses. According to a series of articles published by Reuters, agents are instructed to recreate the investigative trail in order to conceal the origins of the evidence, not only from defense lawyers, but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

Whistleblowers are being treated like terrorists. Our best Journalists are being spied on, rounded up, arrested, and even killed.

The Obama Administration and the Press - Leak investigations and surveillance in post-9/11 America - special report by the Committee to Protect Journalists

Who killed Rolling Stone magazine's journalist Michael Hastings this past June, 2013?

It's time to decide - move forward or fall back?

Amy Goodman and journalists get brutally arrested at 2008 Republican Nat'l Convention

Miami's FTAA Protest in 2003 yields the new standard of Police Brutality against protesters

• also see, "kettling" OWS protesters

TPP Uncovered on Nov 13, 2013: WikiLeaks releases draft of highly-secretive multi-national trade deal

Previous reports about the rumored contents of the TPP with regards to IP law have raised concern among activists before, with the California-based Electronic Frontier Foundation going as far as to warn that earlier leaked draft text suggested the agreement “would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate,” all of which is being agreed upon without any oversight or observation. Indeed, the thousands of words released by WikiLeaks this week has concreted those fears and has already caused the likes of the EFF and others to sound an alarm.

EFF is very Dead-related, see John Perry Barlow. TPP’s IP regime is very, very Internet Archive-related, see Archive.org will be dark on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 to protest SOPA and PIPA.

Julian Assange, the Australian founder of the whistleblower site who has been confined to the Ecuadorian Embassy in London for over a year now, had particularly harsh words for the TPP in a statement published alongside the draft release.

“If instituted, the TPP’s IP regime would trample over individual rights and free expression, as well as ride roughshod over the intellectual and creative commons,” Assange said. “If you read, write, publish, think, listen, dance, sing or invent; if you farm or consume food; if you’re ill now or might one day be ill, the TPP has you in its crosshairs.”
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This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2013-11-28 00:26:02

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Dec 13, 2013 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Sort of) Non-dead Coup Upholders

Tobacco Firms’ Strategy Limits Poorer Nations’ Smoking Laws
- Published: December 13, 2013, The New York Times

More than five million people die annually of smoking-related causes, more than from AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, according to the World Health Organization.

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Yet big Tobacco companies are pushing back against a worldwide rise in anti-smoking laws, using a little-noticed legal strategy to delay or block regulation. The industry is warning countries that their tobacco laws violate an expanding web of trade and investment treaties, raising the prospect of costly, prolonged legal battles, health advocates and officials said.

Such treaties are intended to promote prosperity by reducing trade barriers and protecting investors from expropriation by foreign governments. They allow companies to sue directly, instead of having to persuade a state to take up their case. They have proliferated since the 1990s, and number around 3,000, up from a few hundred in the late 1980s, according to Robert Stumberg, a law professor at the Harrison Institute for Public Law at Georgetown University, whose clients include anti-smoking groups.

“The wolf is no longer in sheep’s clothing, and its teeth are bared,” said Dr. Margaret Chan, director general of the W.H.O. (world health organization). In a speech last year, Dr. Chan said that legal actions against Uruguay, Norway and Australia were “deliberately designed to instill fear” in countries trying to reduce smoking.

Tactics aimed at undermining anti-tobacco campaigns, and subverting the Framework Convention, are no longer covert or cloaked by an image of corporate social responsibility. They are out in the open and they are extremely aggressive.

The high-profile legal actions targeting Uruguay, Norway, Australia, and Turkey are deliberately designed to instil fear in countries wishing to introduce similarly tough tobacco control measures.

What the industry wants to see is a domino effect. When one country’s resolve falters under the pressure of costly, drawn-out litigation and threats of billion-dollar settlements, others with similar intentions are likely to topple as well.

Numerous other countries are being subjected to the same kind of aggressive scare tactics. It is hard for any country to bear the financial burden of this kind of litigation, but most especially so for small countries like Uruguay. This is not a sane, or reasonable, or rational situation in any sense. This is not a level playing field.

Big Tobacco can afford to hire the best lawyers and PR firms that money can buy. Big Money can speak louder than any moral, ethical, or public health argument, and can trample even the most damning scientific evidence. We have seen this happen before.

It is horrific to think that an industry known for its dirty tricks and dirty laundry could be allowed to trump what is clearly in the public’s best interest... read full story in the NY Times

Note: I googled about 10 or 15 different key-word searches looking for tobacco smoking cancer images. You will NOT find them easily. You will not easily find any image galleries of cancer victims due to smoking tobacco. Google Corporation has been paid off to make it all but impossible to find them. I had to use Bing (which I despise) to search and locate tobacco smoking cancer images.

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Nov 27, 2013 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Sort of) Non-dead Coup Upholders

Monte, you can add this link as well:

The Obama Administration & The Press

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Nov 27, 2013 4:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Sort of) Non-dead Coup Upholders

Added. Thanks, Thomas. You're the man. Good job, as usual.

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Poster: Dupenhagen Moonbat Date: Nov 23, 2013 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Sort of) Non-dead JFK Coup Upholders Assault Citizens

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Pt. 2 is up
, Monte.

pt. 1 ET: 13:20-13:25 (Mountain Time)

Update: pt. 1 is up


This post was modified by Dupenhagen Moonbat on 2013-11-23 21:36:45

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Poster: Dupenhagen Moonbat Date: Nov 24, 2013 9:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: (Sort of) Non-dead Coup Upholders

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"We bring you part 5 of 5, which randomly jump cuts at roughly 5:00 and 5:50, respectively, to other times and locations."

Such is the nature of guerrilla journalism (and the uploader's occasionally inadvertently yanking the Ethernet cable).